Wednesday, June 30, 2021

defense against the evil eye

- Gad Ullman's [born 1935] "Hamsa Hand" recalls ancient Mesopotamian symbolism of protection and prosperity.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021


“The big lesson in life, baby, is never be scared of anyone or anything.”
– Frank Sinatra [1915-1998]

be underestimated

"All warfare is based on deception ... when we are able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.”
- Sun Tzu [544 BCE - 496 BCE]

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Friday, June 25, 2021

repressed memories

"The findings imply that in response to traumatic stress, some individuals, instead of activating the glutamate system to store memories, activate the extra-synaptic GABA system and form inaccessible traumatic memories." 
- Full Northwestern University article here.


"Singultus, as hiccups are known, are contractions of the diaphragm and the muscles between the floating ribs, known as the intercostals. The sharp intake of air causes the vocal folds to resonate, creating the  sound which give singultus their common name.

While often presenting nothing more than a nuisance, one group of scientists mention in a study that hiccups can last in some people for days, even weeks. A terrifying prospect.

When the straw is placed inside a glass of water, a pressure valve on the bottom of the straw blocks the water from moving upward as fast as the strength of the human-generated suction would normally allow. This causes the phrenic nerve to activate all of the diaphragm’s capacity, while swallowing uses something called the vagus nerve.

These two parts of the nervous system are the cause for the contractions in the first place, and so keeping them busy prevents them from doing so."

Source here.

Thursday, June 24, 2021


Polytheism is the worship of or belief in multiple deities, which are usually assembled into a pantheon of gods and goddesses, along with their own religions and rituals. Polytheism is a type of theism. Within theism, it contrasts with monotheism, the belief in a singular God, in most cases transcendent. 

Atheists disbelieve or lack belief in the existence of God or gods.

Agnostics believe that nothing is known or can be known of the existence or nature of God or of anything beyond material phenomena; claims neither faith nor disbelief in God.

Pastafarianism is a social movement that promotes a light-hearted view of religion and opposes the teaching of intelligent design and creationism in public schools. The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster charges US$30 for a Canadian to become an ordained minister of the religion. The United States recognizes Pastafarianism as a religion.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

top spin

“The moment of victory is much too short to live for that and nothing else.”
Martina Navratilova [born 1956]

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Video here.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

we are beasts of burden

"If (humans) are not provided with a place where they can accept social and individual responsibility they degenerate and die." 
University of Toronto Clinical Psychologist Dr. Jordan Peterson [born 1962]

Monday, June 21, 2021


“Most of the basic truths of life sound absurd at first hearing.” ... "Nothing living should ever be treated with contempt. Whatever it is that lives, a man, a tree, or a bird, should be touched gently, because the time is short. Civilization is another word for respect for life."
Elizabeth Goudge [1900-1984]

24-foot ring

"Don't be surprised if I act like a savage. I am a savage."
Mike Tyson [born 1966]

none, chuck

“Because you might as well be dead. Seriously, if you always put limits on what you can do, physical or anything else, it’ll spread over into the rest of your life. It’ll spread into your work, into your morality, into your entire being. There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. If it kills you, it kills you. A man must constantly exceed his level.”
- Bruce Lee [1940-1973]

hungry dogs run faster


reputed best pizza in detroit

Fredi The PizzaMan [17900 Allen Rd, Melvindale, MI 48122, United States] as reviewed by David Scott Portnoy [born March 22, 1977] video here.

Friday, June 18, 2021

Spectral Evidence


"Witchcraft was a felony in both England and its American colonies, and therefore witches were hanged, not burned. However, witches’ bodies were burned in Scotland, though they were strangled to death first." [Source here].

Dreams were admitted as credible prosecutorial evidence. 

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Straight, No Chaser

"The genius is the one most like himself."
Thelonious Monk [1917-1982]

25% of problem gamblers kill themselves

The Cosmopolitan experienced 2 suicides recently; it is the only Las Vegas (Strip) hotel to offer balconies."
- On The Joe Rogan Experience

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Monday, June 14, 2021


To eliminate embarrassing memories of Hitler's past, 85 senior Nazi's were assassinated, including ruthless Nazi henchman Reinhard Heydrich [1904-1942], responsible for the murder of many, he was himself assassinated in Prague in 1942.

full of it


Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Wabi Sabi

The acceptance of transience and imperfection.